Simon Parker column: Could injury signal the end of Kyel Reid in a Bradford City shirt?

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Medics tend to stricken City winger Kyel Reid after his season-ending knee injury at Sheffield United Medics tend to stricken City winger Kyel Reid after his season-ending knee injury at Sheffield United

Simon Parker column

Early birds arriving at the Bramall Lane away end were greeted by a sight guaranteed to warm every Bradford City heart.

Short of sounding a battle horn and lining up a thousand horses on the horizon, watching Andrew Davies going through his paces was as close a signal as you’ll get that the cavalry is on the way.

For half an hour Davies and fitness guru Nick Allamby pounded the Sheffield turf to remind everyone of a claret and amber persuasion that their defensive talisman was coming back. And not before time...

Ninety minutes later and two stretchers were being carried off that same pitch. One bearing medical equipment – the other a distraught Kyel Reid.

The joy of seeing one of the club’s biggest figures gathering steam on the comeback trail replaced by another waving goodbye to the season – and maybe the club.

It was another reminder of the fragile life of a footballer.

Like so many of the most serious injuries, the fateful incident was much ado about nothing.

Yes, he was caught from behind by home defender Tony McMahon but it was not a hatchet challenge. Reid has had plenty of the x-rated variety and lived to tell the tale.

Unfortunately, in trying to turn and ride the foul, his studs got stuck in the ground and his knee twisted, snapping the anterior ligament in the cruciate.

It’s a devastating blow for the team, who rely so heavily on Reid’s electric pace and ability to attract a posse of markers from the opposition’s ranks.

But what about the player himself? From playing week in, week out and carrying so much of City’s attacking threat, in one fell swoop he is reduced to the role of long-term patient.

And patience will be the key as he contemplates an absence that could stretch to eight months. That’s well into next season.

By that point, the one-year option that City eagerly took up on Reid’s contract will have expired. What will happen then?

His medical bills and recuperation will be funded by the club for the remaining five months he is on the Valley Parade pay roll. But then comes the dilemma.

In normal circumstances, offering Reid a further contract would be a no-brainer. Like all wingers, he may infuriate at times, but ask any club in the lower leagues and they would earmark him as the man to watch – and fear – when playing the Bantams.

It’s safe to assume that having secured James Hanson early on and then unsuccessfully trying to keep Nahki Wells, Reid’s name would have been high up on that priority list of players to keep.

That can’t possibly be the case now. No football club will put a deal in front of a player facing up to such a long spell in casualty.

It sounds harsh but that is simply throwing good money after bad.

Everyone – and not just the City hierarchy – will watch how Reid comes through his recovery. Put simply, will a player whose blistering pace with the ball at his feet is his trademark be able to hit that same velocity once fully recovered?

Cruciate injuries are no longer the career-enders of the recent past – just ask Matthew Bates, who has come back from five knee operations – but will it be the same lightning-quick Reid as before?

Omar Daley’s top speed had dipped when he recovered from the injury that derailed Stuart McCall’s promotion bid five years ago. Will next season’s Kyel Reid offer the same slight of foot as the current model?

Calls to offer Reid another deal regardless are well intentioned. In an ideal world, that would be the next step to provide a timely boost at his lowest ebb.

But in the cold business world of football, that won’t happen. He will have to prove his fitness first to any future employer, whether that is in West Yorkshire or somewhere nearer his London roots.

So we could well have seen the last of Reid in a City jersey; the last image of a player who has brought so much joy to the club’s followers being that of a distressed figure covering his face as he is carried away to generous applause from all four sides of Sheffield United’s ground.

An example of why footballers have to make the most of every moment, because you don’t know what is around the corner.

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10:23am Sat 25 Jan 14

KnightMcCall says...

Really sad that one the heroes from last season has probably played his last game for us. Always liked Reid, despite getting frustrated with him at times. I hope he gets back to full fitness and that City support him through the process. I personally believe that he will be missed.
Really sad that one the heroes from last season has probably played his last game for us. Always liked Reid, despite getting frustrated with him at times. I hope he gets back to full fitness and that City support him through the process. I personally believe that he will be missed. KnightMcCall
  • Score: 4

11:36am Sat 25 Jan 14

lawsonio123 says...

Bradford City will support Reid until he recovers then it will be a matter of if he can play on or he cannot and takes the insurance. Until that time City will not and do not forsake him They look after there staff
Bradford City will support Reid until he recovers then it will be a matter of if he can play on or he cannot and takes the insurance. Until that time City will not and do not forsake him They look after there staff lawsonio123
  • Score: 1

12:27pm Sat 25 Jan 14

tyker2 says...

he is out of contract on 30 june so all support rom the club will end then
he is out of contract on 30 june so all support rom the club will end then tyker2
  • Score: -3

12:59pm Sat 25 Jan 14

KnightMcCall says...

tyker2 wrote:
he is out of contract on 30 june so all support rom the club will end then
And I "hope" that the club will help him beyond that until he can look at his next move. I expect that they will.
[quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: he is out of contract on 30 june so all support rom the club will end then[/p][/quote]And I "hope" that the club will help him beyond that until he can look at his next move. I expect that they will. KnightMcCall
  • Score: 1

2:15pm Sat 25 Jan 14

_Size3_ says...

Wish people would stop "knowing" what is essentially a collections of 'ifs' and 'buts'.

Who knows what the club will do, but one thing I could suggest with a reasonable degree of certainty, that their decision will be based on what is right for the club having evaluated all of the affecting factors.

You would like the club to help even after the 5 months, but if they decide not to offer another contract, then there's nothing to say they should, legally nor morally. If my employer parts company with me for whatever reason, that is the end of it. Bradford City FC is a business and an employer and shouldn't really have to think or act any differently.
Wish people would stop "knowing" what is essentially a collections of 'ifs' and 'buts'. Who knows what the club will do, but one thing I could suggest with a reasonable degree of certainty, that their decision will be based on what is right for the club having evaluated all of the affecting factors. You would like the club to help even after the 5 months, but if they decide not to offer another contract, then there's nothing to say they should, legally nor morally. If my employer parts company with me for whatever reason, that is the end of it. Bradford City FC is a business and an employer and shouldn't really have to think or act any differently. _Size3_
  • Score: -1

2:58pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Peter300 says...

_Size3_ wrote:
Wish people would stop "knowing" what is essentially a collections of 'ifs' and 'buts'. Who knows what the club will do, but one thing I could suggest with a reasonable degree of certainty, that their decision will be based on what is right for the club having evaluated all of the affecting factors. You would like the club to help even after the 5 months, but if they decide not to offer another contract, then there's nothing to say they should, legally nor morally. If my employer parts company with me for whatever reason, that is the end of it. Bradford City FC is a business and an employer and shouldn't really have to think or act any differently.
Yes, but football is a little bit different. I believe Reidy's family is London based, so he may well seek a move to a club nearer home. In that case he would have to prove his fitness elsewhere rather than at City, if he wanted a new contract.
[quote][p][bold]_Size3_[/bold] wrote: Wish people would stop "knowing" what is essentially a collections of 'ifs' and 'buts'. Who knows what the club will do, but one thing I could suggest with a reasonable degree of certainty, that their decision will be based on what is right for the club having evaluated all of the affecting factors. You would like the club to help even after the 5 months, but if they decide not to offer another contract, then there's nothing to say they should, legally nor morally. If my employer parts company with me for whatever reason, that is the end of it. Bradford City FC is a business and an employer and shouldn't really have to think or act any differently.[/p][/quote]Yes, but football is a little bit different. I believe Reidy's family is London based, so he may well seek a move to a club nearer home. In that case he would have to prove his fitness elsewhere rather than at City, if he wanted a new contract. Peter300
  • Score: -1

7:25pm Sat 25 Jan 14

lawsonio123 says...

tyker2 wrote:
he is out of contract on 30 june so all support rom the club will end then
Contract or not CITY will not leave him without support until he is well
[quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: he is out of contract on 30 june so all support rom the club will end then[/p][/quote]Contract or not CITY will not leave him without support until he is well lawsonio123
  • Score: 3

7:30pm Sat 25 Jan 14

lawsonio123 says...

_Size3_ wrote:
Wish people would stop "knowing" what is essentially a collections of 'ifs' and 'buts'.

Who knows what the club will do, but one thing I could suggest with a reasonable degree of certainty, that their decision will be based on what is right for the club having evaluated all of the affecting factors.

You would like the club to help even after the 5 months, but if they decide not to offer another contract, then there's nothing to say they should, legally nor morally. If my employer parts company with me for whatever reason, that is the end of it. Bradford City FC is a business and an employer and shouldn't really have to think or act any differently.
I am glad my company had more compassion than you seem to have and am sure Bradford City will not take your harsh view
[quote][p][bold]_Size3_[/bold] wrote: Wish people would stop "knowing" what is essentially a collections of 'ifs' and 'buts'. Who knows what the club will do, but one thing I could suggest with a reasonable degree of certainty, that their decision will be based on what is right for the club having evaluated all of the affecting factors. You would like the club to help even after the 5 months, but if they decide not to offer another contract, then there's nothing to say they should, legally nor morally. If my employer parts company with me for whatever reason, that is the end of it. Bradford City FC is a business and an employer and shouldn't really have to think or act any differently.[/p][/quote]I am glad my company had more compassion than you seem to have and am sure Bradford City will not take your harsh view lawsonio123
  • Score: 0

7:33pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Mr Tii says...

Reid is useless ! Glad to see the back of him , only winger in history who can't cross a ball
Reid is useless ! Glad to see the back of him , only winger in history who can't cross a ball Mr Tii
  • Score: -17

10:22pm Sat 25 Jan 14

KnightMcCall says...

_Size3_ wrote:
Wish people would stop "knowing" what is essentially a collections of 'ifs' and 'buts'.

Who knows what the club will do, but one thing I could suggest with a reasonable degree of certainty, that their decision will be based on what is right for the club having evaluated all of the affecting factors.

You would like the club to help even after the 5 months, but if they decide not to offer another contract, then there's nothing to say they should, legally nor morally. If my employer parts company with me for whatever reason, that is the end of it. Bradford City FC is a business and an employer and shouldn't really have to think or act any differently.
And in any business perception is important. It will be easier to attract players if you are known to be a caring employer. It doesnt always have to be cut-throat. I only said I hope anyway...no Knowing in my post.
[quote][p][bold]_Size3_[/bold] wrote: Wish people would stop "knowing" what is essentially a collections of 'ifs' and 'buts'. Who knows what the club will do, but one thing I could suggest with a reasonable degree of certainty, that their decision will be based on what is right for the club having evaluated all of the affecting factors. You would like the club to help even after the 5 months, but if they decide not to offer another contract, then there's nothing to say they should, legally nor morally. If my employer parts company with me for whatever reason, that is the end of it. Bradford City FC is a business and an employer and shouldn't really have to think or act any differently.[/p][/quote]And in any business perception is important. It will be easier to attract players if you are known to be a caring employer. It doesnt always have to be cut-throat. I only said I hope anyway...no Knowing in my post. KnightMcCall
  • Score: 3

11:42pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Waynus1971 says...

I hope that Kyel makes sufficient recovery by the end ofJune (end of contract) for City to be happy enough to keep him on. Personally, I'd like to see him stay on a short contract (poss rolling monthly) whilst he gets back up to speed and can prove he hasn't been adversely affected (long term) by the injury.

Then, he will have earned a choice; stay and sign a longer deal with us or seek a move closer to his home and family.

Sadly, I think he has played his last for us and will be joined out of the door by de Vita, Jones, Doyle, Thommo, and Gray, Oliver, Taylor & Connell (if not before). I'm also worried that Mezza & Darby could be persuaded to walk away too.
I hope that Kyel makes sufficient recovery by the end ofJune (end of contract) for City to be happy enough to keep him on. Personally, I'd like to see him stay on a short contract (poss rolling monthly) whilst he gets back up to speed and can prove he hasn't been adversely affected (long term) by the injury. Then, he will have earned a choice; stay and sign a longer deal with us or seek a move closer to his home and family. Sadly, I think he has played his last for us and will be joined out of the door by de Vita, Jones, Doyle, Thommo, and Gray, Oliver, Taylor & Connell (if not before). I'm also worried that Mezza & Darby could be persuaded to walk away too. Waynus1971
  • Score: -3

11:29am Sun 26 Jan 14

bcfc1903 says...

Would be amazed if Reid is not given a month to month contract once his current one expires. For me he should be supported until such time that he recovers from this shocking injury or it's deemed his footballing career has ended.

Good luck to you Kyel, truly hope you get back to full fitness and you get back to your brilliant 'defender terrorising' best with Bradford City Football Club!!!!
Would be amazed if Reid is not given a month to month contract once his current one expires. For me he should be supported until such time that he recovers from this shocking injury or it's deemed his footballing career has ended. Good luck to you Kyel, truly hope you get back to full fitness and you get back to your brilliant 'defender terrorising' best with Bradford City Football Club!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 2

2:23am Mon 27 Jan 14

shortybcfc says...

Mr Tii wrote:
Reid is useless ! Glad to see the back of him , only winger in history who can't cross a ball
not the only one Omar Daley could beat players but he could not cross the ball for ****....
[quote][p][bold]Mr Tii[/bold] wrote: Reid is useless ! Glad to see the back of him , only winger in history who can't cross a ball[/p][/quote]not the only one Omar Daley could beat players but he could not cross the ball for ****.... shortybcfc
  • Score: 0

2:25am Mon 27 Jan 14

shortybcfc says...

all the best to reid, hope he gets back to full fitness and im sure the city staff will help him with his recovery regardless of his contract
all the best to reid, hope he gets back to full fitness and im sure the city staff will help him with his recovery regardless of his contract shortybcfc
  • Score: 1

8:32am Mon 27 Jan 14

Bantam sthn Ellatha says...

Heck, talk about kicking a bloke when he's down!
The bloke has only been injured for just over a week and the knives are out already!
He got injured PLAYING for Bradford City, if the football club (and supporters) cannot stand by the fella until his knee is right, whether he can play again or not, then there is something very very wrong.
If the club want to offer him a week-to-week contract when his runs out then fair enough but stand by the man, for goodness sake.
Heck, talk about kicking a bloke when he's down! The bloke has only been injured for just over a week and the knives are out already! He got injured PLAYING for Bradford City, if the football club (and supporters) cannot stand by the fella until his knee is right, whether he can play again or not, then there is something very very wrong. If the club want to offer him a week-to-week contract when his runs out then fair enough but stand by the man, for goodness sake. Bantam sthn Ellatha
  • Score: 2

9:41am Mon 27 Jan 14

bcfc1903 says...

Just read the WOTP blog on this. Can't agree with their take on Simon Parker's piece above. It's his job to produce thought provoking text on this and other BCFC matters, In fact he's just bringing to light what could happen regarding Reid in the summer.

As I've alluded to above I'd be amazed if Bradford City Football Club didn't support Kyel Reid by giving him a month by month contract come June, It's the right thing to do and I wouldn't expect anything less from the club I've supported since being a kid, our football club has a big heart both on and off the playing fields.
Just read the WOTP blog on this. Can't agree with their take on Simon Parker's piece above. It's his job to produce thought provoking text on this and other BCFC matters, In fact he's just bringing to light what could happen regarding Reid in the summer. As I've alluded to above I'd be amazed if Bradford City Football Club didn't support Kyel Reid by giving him a month by month contract come June, It's the right thing to do and I wouldn't expect anything less from the club I've supported since being a kid, our football club has a big heart both on and off the playing fields. bcfc1903
  • Score: 5

12:59pm Mon 27 Jan 14

essess says...

Shame on you Parker cannot believe you (or lawn) wrote that report . To the t&a time for a change Parker is just a YES man
Shame on you Parker cannot believe you (or lawn) wrote that report . To the t&a time for a change Parker is just a YES man essess
  • Score: -4

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